Julie Mar-Spinola is Finjan Holdings, Inc.’s Chief IP Officer and Vice President of Legal Operations. She oversees the Company’s revenue-based and legal operations, including the Company’s IP and cyber technology innovations, enforcement programs, best practices, public policy initiatives, and mentorships. Ms. Mar-Spinola is also a member of the Board of Directors for product subsidiary, Finjan Mobile, Inc., and subsidiary, Finjan Blue, Inc.
Ms. Mar-Spinola has dedicated nearly her entire career in intellectual property law, with emphasis on patents, technology, policy, and mentorship in these areas for the next generations of IP professionals. She has successfully represented high technology companies of all sizes and business models, including significant technology companies and individual inventors alike, in the courts and ITC. Prior to joining Finjan, Ms. Mar-Spinola has served as General Counsel or VP of Legal for several Silicon Valley companies, including Kleiner Perkins-backed thin-film solar start-up, Alta Devices, Inc.
Ms. Mar-Spinola is a co-founder of the renown women’s organization, ChIPs, a global 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to advancing women at the confluence of law, technology and regulatory policy, and served as ChIPs’ Chairwoman from 2005 through 2016. Since 2011, Ms. Mar-Spinola has served as a court-appointed mediator for the US District Court for the Northern District of California, specializing in complex patent disputes. In 2014 she joined the High Tech Advisory Board of her alma mater, Santa Clara University School of Law. In 2015 Ms. Mar-Spinola was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the prestigious Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), which reviews the policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the USPTO operations and advises the Director on these matters. In August 2019, Ms. Mar-Spinola was appointed to serve as the Vice Chair of the PPAC through the 2019 term and the Chair of PPAC in 2020.
Ms. Mar-Spinola is a member of the California State Bar, the Federal Circuit Bar, the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, and a licensed Patent Attorney, and is dedicated to the rise and advancement of all under-represented classes of inventors and innovators in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (aka STEAM).